The Compleat Christian
by R. Sutcliffe, TWU
for IDIS 102 and IDIS 400
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
-- From the Notebooks of Lazarus Long, by Robert A. Heinlein
The Christian Human Being
A Christian is a human being (see above) whose heart is passionately subject to Christ, a person of integrity who is sound in eclectic and integrated knowledge, compassionate in love, and filled with good deeds--able to dry someone's tears, lead in prayer, help the needy, give a testimony, sing the praises of God, visit the sick and imprisoned, write a defense of the faith, clothe the naked, build up the church, offer encouragement to those burdened and oppressed, give generously, expound the scriptures, lead a fellow sinner to Christ, be an example of righteousness, preach a sermon, witness to anyone, or die--all on a moment's notice. A Christian is one in whom the Holy Spirit has begun to incarnate the heart, the soul, the mind, and the deeds of Christ in all holiness of character. A Christian thinks and acts for the glory of the Father, through the redemption and righteousness of Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit alone. All who enter here do so by grace through faith alone and must abandon ignorance, egotism, equivocation, duplicity, hesitation, materialism, divisiveness, and self-satisfaction. These are all for pagans.